Moving on to Lystra, the Apostles began to preach the Gospel there and were enabled to perform a miracle to validate their Word as coming from God; the healing of a man lame from birth. Upon this man’s restoration, however, the people began to worship Paul and Barnabas as Zeus and Hermes, the Greek gods. This incorrect reaction to the miracle was quickly corrected by the apostles, however, as they tore their robes and ran out into the crowd, telling them not to worship them but the True God they had come to preach about, the God who made Heaven and Earth.

We are warned from this account against the terrible sin of idolatry - putting something we have made in the place of God and giving it the worship He alone deserves. We also must resist the temptation to seek power and glory to ourselves as we witness to others, and must instead give God the credit for all the gifts He has given us.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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